The White Sox have had seven straight home games and now head out on the road to take on a Red Sox team that could struggle against the South Siders' southpaws. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton break down the upcoming matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Red Sox have lost five of six at Fenway Park, and their struggling offense won't like what it has to face next in the White Sox trio of dominant lefties. The two Sox ball clubs begin a four-game set on Monday, but on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the White Sox will toss out John Danks, Chris Sale and a red-hot Jose Quintana.
"When you go into Boston right now, I think this might lift the offense and I think we're pitching pretty well. That's gonna help because that's a ball club that's struggling," Bill Melton said. "There's no reason the White Sox shouldn't at least split the series."
There also will be some added incentive on Wednesday for one of those left-handers. Chris Sale was left off the American League All-Star roster, and while he can still join Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu on the squad if he wins the A.L Final Vote ballot, he'll surely want to show Red Sox manager John Farrell, who picked the A.L. squad, why he should have been on the roster from the beginning.
And though Melton believes Sale should have been on the roster, he can also see why Farrell opted for his own starting lefty, Jon Lester:
"If he picks Jon Lester that's easy to understand. The guy took him to a World Series, it's one of his players. That's easy for a manager to do it," he said.
See what else Chuck and Bill had to say about both the Red Sox and Indians series in the video above.